Simchat Torah, SHIM and Other Things…

Time to catch up on what’s been happening here in the Torah Center over the past few weeks:

The fall Holidays ended with Simchat Torah – always a good time…and this year’s celebration lived up to our expectations. We looked at the Torah scroll, decorated flags and pictures, ate a scrumptious pasta dinner and then danced our shoes off as we marched with the Torah. Oh – and we welcomed our newest Torah Center students, too. What a night! We were too busy having fun to take pictures, but here are a few….



Remember all those bags of food under the stairs that you couldn’t help noticing when you went upstairs?  Thank you to everyone who brought in food during our annual drive for the SHIM food Pantry. On October 11th, after filling ours cars with donations, our 4th grade families brought it all to the food pantry and helped sort it and restock the shelves. What a mitzvah!

It’s the weigh in – did we bring more food than our 4th graders weigh? We did! [Once again, parents did not get on the scale!]






Back at Temple that morning, the second graders made puppets for the days of Creation:






And then in Mifgash (an encounter or experience), students in grades 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 worked together to determine what it means to be God-like, to act like God since we are created in God’s image:






Some of what they came up with:










What a morning!

Stay tuned for pictures from our first Yom Choice of the year and Israeli Dancing!


Coming Up:

  • Join us for a… SPECIAL YOUNG FAMILY SHABBAT EVENING as part of the Dor l’Dor Intergenerational Service, Friday, October 30, 2015.  5:45 pm – Pre Oneg, 6:30 pm – Shabbat Service. There is no charge to attend. Please RSVP to Rabbi Locketz at (412) 279-7600 or [email protected]
  • Also on Friday, October 30th, please join us for a Movie and Pizza Dinner following the 6:30 Shabbat service. This film is appropriate for grade 7 and above, however, all parents are invited to attend.  The movie, Girl Rising, is a documentary about 9 girls living in developing countries whose cultures don’t allow girls to have a quality education (appropriate for ages 12 and up). The pizza dinner and movie are sponsored by Anna Schwartz and her family for her Bat Mitzvah Project. Attendees are asked to consider making a donation to Girl Rising. More information can be found at Please RSVP for dinner to Beth and Matt Schwartz at 412-388-0669 or [email protected] by October 26th.
  • 4th Grade Parents: Join us on Sunday, November 1st for the 4th Grade Siddur Project. During this very special program, parents will decorate a cover for their child’s Mishkan T’fillah prayer book that they will use for the rest of their years at Torah Center.  Please RSVP to Paula or Dawn at [email protected] and let us know you are planning to attend.